Pledge of support for building the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
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Pledge of support for building the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

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      Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Sign this pledge of support to show that you would like to see a new dinosaur museum built in northern Alberta, Canada called the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

The museum will offer school and public programs for all ages, and feature a dinosaur research lab, two classrooms, a theatre, a giftshop, a restaurant, a large dinosaur gallery focusing on Alberta's palaeontological wealth, a geology gallery, an oil & gas gallery and plenty of outdoor spaces for family picnics. 

The museum project has raised $28 million of the $34 million needed to complete the museum and is in the process of fundraising the last $6 million needed for the exhibits.  

Over the past three years the project has fully engaged local students and residents. Ten curriculum-based education programs have been developed and delivered in area schools during the past two years with over 5,000 students participating. Over 7,700 members of the public have already experienced a public education program be it a 2-hour guided dinosaur tour or a dinosaur-themed theatrical performance.

Over a decade in the making, this project is based on real research and lots of hard work. This museum will have a dino-sized economic and social impact on the region.

The museum will be situated on Highway 43 near the town of Wembley, Alberta and only kilometers from one of the world's largest and densest horned dinosaur sites. The architectural design is complete, the tendering documents are done and we are ready to breakground.

However, we still have some hurdles to jump and your pledge of support will help us over them. We ask only for your signature of support. It doesn't cost a cent, but the resulting list of signatures is priceless for our project.

We need local residents of Alberta, Canadian citizens and people of the world to show that they would like to see such a facility built to house and showcase the palaeontological wonders found in northern Alberta. 

To learn more read our FAQs on recent developments, our backgrounder on recent events or visit our page, Pledge of Support

Help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures (but we won’t complain if we get more). You must be 13-years or older to sign the pledge. While the pledge asks for your email and address this information will not be publicly displayed. Please take 3 minutes of your time to make a difference that will last a lifetime and more.

Thank you for supporting our project to build the world a new, interactive and exciting dinosaur museum! 

By signing, you are agreeing that: 

Education and cultural facilities are important to any successful society, and that you support projects that encourage scientific and cultural development, especially when those projects also carry regional economic benefits.

Within that framework, you support the creation of the Philip J. Currie
Dinosaur Museum, to be built outside of Wembley, Alberta, Canada,
which will be the second major dinosaur museum in the province.

We, the signatories, pledge the following:

- We support this project, and recognize that it carries wide-ranging
long term benefits for the Grande Prairie area, the region, and the
province.
- We will personally visit the museum, and look forward to doing so. In
some cases we're going to be coming from great distances to visit it,
and to see what Grande Prairie has to offer.
- We believe every local school child will benefit from a museum like
this. There is wide ranging evidence of the educational power of museums
on communities. Museums can make science real to kids, open up whole new
paths of education and interest that would otherwise never be explored.
The Currie Museum will provide annual field trip opportunities for every
grade, developed to meet the requirements of the Alberta curriculum.
- We thank current government and private donors and sponsors who have
given so much to support this project.
- We also encourage more public officials and companies to publicly
support this project.

To:
Members of the public, teachers, students, scientists, enthusiasts and decision makers
Pledge your support for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, by signing.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Summer Student dino-play at local city park

      On August 29, our two post-secondary summer students put on quite the theatrical eperformance for members of the public at a local city park. This years dino-themed play was loosely based on the story, "The Little Mermaid", except in this show Ariel was a piece of sedimentary sandstone instead of a mermaid. 83 people came out an enjoyed the show!

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/site-content/uploads/2013/08/stomped_016.jpg

    2. Ground-breaking ceremony

      On June 21 we celebrated with a ground-breaking ceremony, but the work isn't over yet. We still need to raise $6 million to complete the museum exhibits and landscaping. Read more about the amazing ground-breaking ceremony here: http://www.curriemuseum.ca/2013/06/25/ground-broken-lets-build-a-museum/

    3. Pomeroy fund playground at a cost of $250,000.

      Pomeroy Lodging has made a commitment to fund the playground at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, at a total cost of $250,000.

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/2013/07/09/pomeroy-playground/

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Summer programs are on a roll!

      For the third summer in a row, our marvelous, entertaining and enthusiastic post-secondary summer students are sharing dinosaur and pre-historic facts with members of the public. Our guided tours to a dinosaur site located near Pipestone Creek Campground have begun! Join one! Tours are offered on Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. It only costs $2.50 per person for this amazing 2-hour educational experience where you get to touch real fossils, participate in dramatizations and stand in a spot where hundreds of dinosaurs perished 73 million years ago.

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/programs/public-programs/

      Public Programs

      Reading University 2012 2 hours $2.50/person (cash only) Friday 5:00 pm / Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 am and 3:30 pm What was it like here 73 million years ago during the Cretaceous? What dinosaurs and plants lived here? How did hundreds of dinosaurs die in one spot?

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. 400 signatures!

      Absolutely wonderful! Thanks everyone. Please encourage your friends, family and dino-enthusiasts to also sign.

    9. A dino museum is good business, and great for the community

      Want to know even more reasons why this museum is a good idea? Read our "Background on recent events", which was submitted to local media as a Letter to the Editor on June 7, 2013. Learn the facts about how this museum will positively impact the social, economic, scientific and educational structure of northern Alberta.

      Click the link below to learn more of the facts!

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/2013/06/10/backgrounder-on-recent-events/

    10. Hoodoo costume gets Grade 7 students engaged

      To demonstrate how hoodoos form in the Badlands of Alberta and exposed rock in areas of northern Alberta we have a student dress-up in a hoodoo costume during our Grade 7 curriculum-connected school program. Nearly every hand shoots up in the air when I ask who would like to volunteer to be a hoodoo. They love it! Click the link below to see a photo capturing this exciting dramatization of erosion.

      From Laura Beauchamp, Education Manager of the project working to build the museum

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/wp-content/gallery/education/education3.jpg

    11. 300 signatures in 24-hours!

      Thank you for signing in support of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. Let's keep the momentum up. Please invite your friends to sign the "Pledge of Support" using the Facebook invite button provided at the top of the page.

    12. 250 signatures in 20-hours!

      Wow! Thank you so much for your support. In the first 20-hours of launching the "Pledge of Support" campaign, we received 250 signatures and dozens of incredible comments. It's a pleasure to read the comments and learn what this museum means to you.

    13. Reached 250 signatures
    14. The museum

      Even the architectural design of the museum incorporates dinosaurs. Click the link below to see an artists rendition of the future museum. Can you see the shape of a long-neck dinosaur built into the design? The head is above the windows, then the neck stretches down to a leg that is framed by windows and the large body has the long tail coming off to the right.

      http://www.curriemuseum.ca/wp-content/gallery/museum/museum94-992.jpg

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carolyn Vasileiou GRANDE PRAIRIE, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      This will boost tourism opportunities immensely in the Grande Prairie area. It will also be an excellent learning tool for

      students of all ages.

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    • Victoria Carpenter OAKVILLE, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Dr Philip Currie is a Canadian Hero. Thanks for acknowledging him by naming the museum in his honor

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    • Randy Lyons WEST CHESTER, PA
      • 4 months ago

      Phil Currie is a seminal figure in paleontology -- and one of the nicest people I've ever met. I'm in up to my eyeballs!

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    • Daniel Vellone WORCESTER, MA
      • 5 months ago

      I am a U.S. Licensed Professional Geologist

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    • Gayle Robertson WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      Dinosaurs and research into their orgins, life and eventual disappearance are part of the history of our earth. It is important for future generations to be able to see and understand what our world was like. Research into the dinosaurs, their lives and extinction can provide some guidance and direction for our future.

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